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The domestic roots of Canada's sociolegal scholarship are found in several scholarly disciplines, including law, political science, sociology, and criminology. The field derives its character from each of these and from a legal education system less narrow and constrained than normally is the case in the United States.

As part of the larger world of academic literature, Canadian scholarship reflects major international law and society currents. This is apparent in work on the social, political, and economic consequences or constraints on courts; impact studies assessing the social consequences of legal change; critical legal scholarship; and research on the legal profession along with more conventional fields.

The distinctive characteristics of contemporary Canadian law and society scholarship emerge from the interaction of three social forces. These are the multicultural, ...

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